This Saturday night’s Stockmans Civil & Plant supported Queensland Lightning Sprint Title will see defending Queensland Champion Keith Blatch go up against a host of other competitors in a bid to defend his title at Toowoomba’s Hi-Tec Oils Speedway, with each driver settling for nothing but their best in their quest for glory.
With the honour of being named Queensland Champion at stake, it’s going to take a great deal of determination and drive for the winner to outperform their rivals, with consistency no doubt playing a crucial part in securing the crown.
Having had a somewhat indifferent season thus far, which was marred by a crash at Brisbane’s Archerfield Speedway in early January, defending Queensland Champion and Toowoomba local Blatch is expected to fare well on home soil, being one of the most experienced drivers in the field, with almost two decades of racing experience under his belt, and having claimed last season’s Queensland Title at the Toowoomba venue.
Heading into the Queensland Title event in the best possible form off the back of successfully defending the NSW Title at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway, Lismore’s Kurt Wilson has been the form driver so far this season, with the current Australian and NSW Champion likely to be facing off at the front of the field with Blatch.
However, with the likes of former Australian and Queensland Champion Sean Iacono, who recently completed a stint in 410 Sprintcars, amongst the nominations, Blatch and Wilson will not be unchallenged. Sean’s uncle Wayne Iacono will also be amongst the nominations, with the former Australia # 2 hoping to come away with a strong result.
The interstate invasion will be headed by youngster Jordan Binskin, from Sydney, who will no doubt be a force to be reckoned with and is certainly not to be discounted, along with fellow New South Welshman and returning Lightning Sprint racer Stephen Allen.
As one of the biggest improved drivers this season, Jason Rae has consistently been a front-running contender and has been knocking on the door of his maiden feature-race win, having collected a number of podium finishes.
Proven podium finisher Peter Campbell will also be one to watch, along with fast-paced Alan Brosnan and consistent Michael Gollagher.
Victory could indeed be anyone’s, with a host of other Queensland Title potentials also joining the fray, including David Van Vegchel, Ian Galvin, Jason George and Shane Matthews.
Each competitor will be hoping to utilise their knowledge, as well as their previous experience throughout the event to ensure they launch a successful Queensland Title campaign, making for an exciting and somewhat unpredictable night.
The Queensland Title format will see drivers contest three rounds of heat races and the 30-lap Queensland Title-deciding feature race.
The QLSRA would like to thank the major naming-right’s sponsor of the Queensland Title: Stockmans Civil & Plant. Based in Lockyer Valley, Stockmans Civil & Plant is a locally owned and operated company, offering a wide range of plant hire and tailored labour solutions for the civil and mining sectors in south east and regional Queensland
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Stockmans Civil & Plant Queensland Lightning Sprint Title Nominations:
A1 Kurt Wilson
Q1 Keith Blatch
Q3 Michael Gollagher
Q4 Alan Brosnan
N6 Jordan Binskin
Q14 Jason George
Q17 Ian Galvin
Q20 Wayne Iacono
Q21 Sean Iacono
Q32 Shane Matthews
Q48 David Van Vegchel
Q51 Peter Campbell
Q85 Jason Rae
N96 Stephen Allen